The First Canadian Ranger Patrol Group and 440 Squadron got a visit from Canada’s Defence Minister and Member of Parliament on Monday afternoon, at the Department of National Defence hanger on Bristol Lane.
Harjit Sajjan formally presented the new .308 rifle to the commanders of the Canadian Ranger Patrol Group with NWT MP Michael McLeod.
The new rifle has been 3 years in the works, replacing the iconic .303 Lee Enfield Rifle which has been in use since the first World War.
Sajjan also announced plans for a new aircraft to replace the aging 1970’s Twin Otter, which 440 Squadron flies and operates in the North.
No name or type of aircraft or timeline was offered, other than that the Twin Otters will be in service until at least 2025.